What Is An HOA?

When you think of a Home Owners Association (HOA), you may have the image of a neighborhood watch in your head. However, keeping the neighborhood safe is just the beginning of an HOA’s role. An HOA can oversee everything from the appearance of your home to the place where you park your car. These rules are explicitly stated in the HOA bylaws, a legal document stating the standard every household is held to. If you live  or are thinking of moving to an area with an HOA, it is incredibly important to review the bylaws. Not properly following the bylaws can result in a hefty fine from your HOA!

While each HOA is different from the next, it is not uncommon for HOAs to have their own Board of Directors. The size of the board varies per the size of the HOA. These board members are usually elected by the homeowners within the neighborhood. Ballots are sent out to all homeowners allowing them time to meet those running for the board. This will typically happen once every year at the annual HOA meeting. Board members play an imperative role in the production of the HOA. The board is responsible for the approval of all work and bills.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Parks & Weisberg, Realtors® manages several HOA’s of all sizes. The smallest HOA we manage has only three units while our largest HOA has 170 units. We learn something new from each one of them. Each HOA requires several hours of planning and preparation in making sure that each year goes smoothly from discussing and planning the future improvements for the Association to the handling of the finances.


Our Easy Guide to Renting

Hello everyone!

Welcome back to our blog, where we share our real estate advice, stories and information with you. We wanted to take a moment and thank everyone who read and commented on our last blog post, Homearama 2017. The winner will be announced at the end of this blog post so stay tuned!

Today we will talk about the rental process. For many people, renting a house or apartment is their first introduction into real estate.  For others, it may be a brief stay between homes while looking for the perfect house. The market can be confusing, especially when you aren’t sure where to start your search. We’ve come up with a few tips for you to use during the entire process! 

Your Needs Versus Your Wants

Location, location, location. Where you choose to live is defined by your lifestyle. Where do you work? What are your hobbies and interest? What do you spend your time doing after work? And then there is your budget, what can you afford to spend and what do you want to spend?

Before you begin looking for your new home, you should define your needs. A need is usually determined by physical or lifestyle requirements. A want is something you could live without. These can vary person to person...